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I'm doing what I shouldn't do...

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Treatment, week 3

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The End of Pretty Much Everything

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Twins and MD

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Soo...

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Treatment, week 2

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Are we crazy?

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Update

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YOU'RE MINE

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Moving Out My Mind

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Treatment, week 1

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Ivy White commented on Claire Marie Louise's blog post Introduction / How I reclaimed my Daydreams
"Thanks, it means a lot to me that I can help other people with my story."
1 hour ago
Roel Van Rossen replied to Sasha Greenwood's discussion Annoying Triggers
"I have the same. in fact, the more simpler the homework, the more I will be slowed down. And oh I hate that! I hate that! I hate that! I HATE THAT SO MUTCH!!! My parents have been acusing me of being lazy and not trying for the most part of my…"
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Alison replied to Sasha Greenwood's discussion Annoying Triggers
"Some of my classes in uni are a really frustrating trigger. I just don't know what else I can do not to feel so bored. And if I haven't had enough sleep, my DD becomes much more intense. I remember when I was at school I spent the…"
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"Haha The1andonlyAbber, you sound like me when I was in school."
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Henry Darger, a famous MDDer?

I came across this article on wikipedia.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_DargerHenry Darger was a solitary man and after his death a huge novel and hundreds of paintings were found of his alternate reality and stories. The "Story of the Vivian girls" strikes me as similar to the daydreams I have sometimes, but then other aspects of his life story are not something I recognize in the experience I have gathered from myself and this…See More
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The1andonlyAbber replied to Sasha Greenwood's discussion Annoying Triggers
"I have a LOT of triggers, but the only one that really bothers me is schoolwork. It's awfully hard for me to concentrate on lessons because school is so boring most of the time, and then when the teacher finally says something interesting I…"
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The1andonlyAbber replied to Simran's discussion MD is like narcotics!
"Yep!"
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The1andonlyAbber replied to Sasha Greenwood's discussion MD and Compulsive Behaviors?
"I used to have a lot of compulsive behaviors (I'm pretty sure that I had undiagnosed OCD or anxiety during my childhood), but not really anymore."
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Richard Quest commented on Richard Quest's blog post The End of Pretty Much Everything
"Was that a whoah as in Omg that was epic? or whoah why would you do that?  That's cool! but I needed to end it somehow, and this was the most epic to me."
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The1andonlyAbber commented on Richard Quest's blog post The End of Pretty Much Everything
"My daydreams also involve a supervolcano. It's dormant but an explosion could set it off (this almost happened at one point but my character was able to stop it). If it erupted then the main planet of my daydreams would be totally destroyed, so…"
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Daydreamers welcome

Most children daydream. Most children have imaginary friends they play out creative scenarios with. Their fantasy world is a simple, joyful distraction from their outer lives. Eventually their outer lives take root, and they grow out of it. Their playful fantasies become unnecessary as they develop more fulfilling relationships. Their fantasy dream world fades into the past as nothing but a wonderful childhood memory. Usually they forget it ever existed.
For some of us............it doesn't, and the consequences can be drastic.

For the past 30 years I've been living in an alternate reality that has completely taken over my life. Instead of fading into the past, it became my reality. The outside world faded & faded, and I've been fighting to reclaim it. Long past the point of being a joyful fantasy, it's become an addiction that I have unlimited access to. I have no self control. I can only distract myself out of it. I'm like an alcoholic with an unlimited supply of booze everywhere I go. When I do it too much I feel sick & dazed, yet I can't stop. I've stepped out into traffic & almost gotten myself killed more times than I can count. I've gotten better & am struggling to find footing in the outside world. In the meantime, I want to reach out.

This condition has a name. It's called Maladaptive Daydreaming, also known as Compulsive Fantasizing. I spent years feeling alone and scared, like I was the only one on the planet that could possibly be going through this. I felt like a freak. I was completely ashamed and scared to death anyone would find out. It's time to end that. We're not freaks. Our brains work differently. Maladaptive Daydreamers (Compulsive Fantasizers) lead unique and enriching lives. We have wondrous gifts and gut-wrenching struggles. For the good and the bad, this condition takes a lot of strength and energy to live with. I refuse to be ashamed, and I don't want anyone else to be either.

I know there are others out there who are experiencing a similar kind of condition. Hopefully they're not experiencing it to the extreme that I have. Either way, let's talk. Perhaps we can find some answers together.

This forum isn't just for Maladaptive Daydreamers (Compulsive Fantasizers). Many disorders do overlap. Feel free to discuss any that you like. Let's keep the dialog going.

One day, I hope we can all stand proud and learn to live the best of both worlds. Once we do, I'm sure we'll feel better off for having had this condition.

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Annoying Triggers

Started by Sasha Greenwood. Last reply by Roel Van Rossen 2 hours ago. 7 Replies

Do you have a trigger that's really frustrating?I personally enjoy my daydreaming habit. It's never caused me any major disruption, aside from the occasional zoning out and losing a little time.But I've found that one of my triggers is the boredom…Continue

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Henry Darger, a famous MDDer?

Started by Ivy White 7 hours ago. 0 Replies

I came across this article on wikipedia.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_DargerHenry Darger was a solitary man and after his death a huge novel and hundreds of paintings were found of his…Continue

MD is like narcotics!

Started by Simran. Last reply by The1andonlyAbber 14 hours ago. 2 Replies

When u hav not started daydreaming u feel okay! When u daydream u feel verrry good. When u stop or take even a very small break.....life becomes hell!

MD and Compulsive Behaviors?

Started by Sasha Greenwood. Last reply by The1andonlyAbber 14 hours ago. 3 Replies

Out of curiosity, does anyone have other compulsive behaviors when they aren't daydreaming? I know MDers pace or do other things when they are daydreaming.  I have two laughable compulsive behaviors -- I constantly check to see if my car lights are…Continue

My Story

Started by Tom. Last reply by Juliette Rivers yesterday. 8 Replies

Last week I googled 'constant daydreaming' and found out about Maladaptive Daydreaming. I immediately became convinced that this is the condition I am suffering from: I experience basically every symptom that's linked with MD. MD has been getting…Continue

Yes, you can cure yourself from Maladaptive Daydreaming

Started by Eretaia. Last reply by Eretaia yesterday. 16 Replies

Two years ago when I joined this community, I think I was more dead than alive. I've been waging quite a brutal war with maladaptive dreaming and the array of issues that underlie it ever since then and I'm on my way out of this prison. I wanted to…Continue

Is MD genetic?

Started by Maddy Creamer. Last reply by Dreamer on Saturday. 3 Replies

I recently found out that there was a name for my "overactive imagination" and it has been so comforting to hear that other people do this, but I have a question. Is it possible that I do this because my mom did it too? I feel bad hearing when…Continue

Newbie

Started by Lostone. Last reply by Alison on Saturday. 4 Replies

Hi everyone. I'm new to the forum and thought I'd introduce myself. I'm C.It was hard for me to find out that my daydreaming was a psychological symptom. It broke my heart. I mean, I never really convinced myself that 'everybody did it' or that it…Continue

Twins

Started by Shakira on Friday. 0 Replies

Since I've been on this forum I have noticed that there is a significant amount of twins who are MDers. I'm a twin too and I am a MDer. I also believe my relationship with my twin sister is a major part of why I daydream in the first place. I do not…Continue

My mom doesn't want to believe I have MD

Started by True Blue Dreamer. Last reply by Kia Hood on Wednesday. 5 Replies

My family and I have known for years that I had a problem with daydreaming. My mom would always caught me making funny faces or pacing or scratching my arm whenever I was "in the zone." The day I found out about MD and that I had it was a low blow…Continue

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    Do I have Maladaptive Dayreaming?

    Maladaptive Daydreaming is not an officially recognized condition yet. We’re still learning a lot about it. Here are some of the main symptoms that seem to be emerging:
    • You daydream more often than you think is normal.
    • You’ve built up a character(s) that’s an idealized version of yourself
    • You feel more empowered in your daydreams.
    • You’re starting to enjoy daydreaming better than the real world.
    • Daydreaming is starting to interfere with your day-to-day activities.
    • You might enact some movement, like pacing or moving your hands, (though not everyone does this).

    • Some people make facial expressions, talk, and/or act out their daydreams.  

    It's not all bad...

    Maladaptive Daydreamers have many gifts along with struggles.
    Pros:

    -extreme creativity
    -the ability to think through complex issues on our own
    -the ability to see issues from many perspectives (we can have intense dialogs in our own minds)
    -the ability to think quickly
    -strength. (It takes a lot of strength to live in two worlds at once.)
    -insightful and empathetic
    -loving (Even when no one's around, we still have people to love in our minds.)

    Cons:
    -extreme difficulty concentrating
    -forgetful
    -sluggish. It's hard to be productive when you just want to daydream
    -clumsy and awkward
    -difficulty cultivating or maintaining relationships (This may not apply to everyone, but if your MD starts to progress, you may prefer daydreaming to real interactions)
    -difficulty completing tasks due to desire to constantly stop and daydreaming
    -difficulty reaching certain milestones because of constant desire to stop and daydream.

    What do I DO?

    Well, we're still figuring that out. Since this is so new it's kinda up to us to figure out how to deal with it. I encourage people to try anything they can & want to. If something works, please let us know, so others will benefit.
    -Identifying triggers
    Many people find that
    certain activities
    trigger them to start
    daydreaming.
    Identifying and
    limiting exposure to
    triggers is one way to
    help.
    Common triggers:
    music, tv, books,
    long walks or
    monotonous activity
    -Distraction
    If you feel yourself
    starting to daydream,
    stop and change
    activities. Get up and
    do anything else and
    come back to it when
    you're feeling more
    focused.
    -Getting out in the public
    A lot of times we just
    need to get out of our
    heads for awhile. Go
    out and talk to people.
    -Get up quickly and go to bed tired.
    Many daydream in the
    morning. To avoid
    this, make sure you get
    out of bed the instant
    you wake up.
    To avoid daydreaming
    at night, go to bed
    when you're extremely
    tired.
    -Allow limited daydreaming
    Many of us really
    appreciate the comfort
    of our daydreams and
    don't want to give
    them up.
    Instead, allow
    yourself certain times
    to daydream, and
    force yourself to get
    up and stop when
    your time is up.
    -Find other things you love, and focus on them.
    Don't forget that we
    daydream because we
    love it. It may take
    time and energy to
    focus, but if we can
    make the external
    world more fun, then
    we won't need to
    daydream as much.

    -Meditation

    Another common suggestion that people are saying works for them is meditation.  Some have said it helps them focus, even if it doesn't completely eliminate their MD.  Some have also said that Yoga and meditation help.

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